The feel­ing of be­ing Kurd

The Kurdish Globe - - OPINION - By Has­san Shin­gali

The jour­ney started from Duhok to Turkey, which lasted 18 hours by au­to­bus head­ing to­wards Mersin. The jour­ney was funded by the Kur­dis­tan's Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) for those stu­dent who were un­der­grad­u­ate (fourth year). Ev­ery­one was so ex­cited about go­ing on an ex­ploratory jour­ney to study the coun­try and ob­serve its cul­ture and the way of liv­ing. The stu­dents were ex­tra happy be­cause it was their last year at the univer­sity. The jour­ney was for all stu­dents and from dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties in Duhok.

Go­ing to Turkey was some­thing dif­fer­ent. We had the op­por­tu­nity to see and meet our Kur­dish broth­ers and sis­ters. We could ob­serve the dif­fer- ence be­tween both of us, we who live in Iraq and they from Turkey. Dur­ing the jour­ney, I met Fu­rat who was work­ing as an as­sis­tant, serv­ing on the au­to­bus. He was a very nice per­son. I adored his di­alect when he was speak­ing Kur­manji with us. I felt like I was among my own people in Kur­dis­tan of Iraq. He in­tro­duced me to many people and showed me the way of their liv­ing.

When­ever one goes to a dif­fer­ent coun­try, for sure a lot of things will be dif­fer­ent: the lan­guage, the cul­ture, the life­style, the way of dress­ing and be­hav­ing. In Turkey, there were so many things that were dif­fer­ent but be­ing among my people it was not that much dif­fer­ent. The lan­guage is the same with lit­tle change of the di­alect as well as the cul­ture.

The jour­ney was planned to last seven days. Each day was dif­fer­ent from the other. One day was ded­i­cated to go­ing to the beach and the other day to go­ing to a univer­sity to share their sys­tem of teach­ing and the way of giv­ing lec­tures so as to com­pare them with our uni­ver­si­ties in Kur­dis­tan. The re­main­ing days were ded­i­cated to go­ing to the bazaars and tourists places.

Back to Fu­rat, I asked him what was the dif­fer­ence be­tween Kurds who live in Turkey and Kurds who live in Iraq and his re­sponse was: '' There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween you and us, both of us are Kurds and the only dif­fer­ence is the coun­try. '' Then I asked him what he was think­ing of Kur­dis­tan and he replied: ''I hope one day the Great Kur­dis­tan can be an in­de­pen­dent state so that all Kurds can live to­gether in peace." The feel­ing of head­ing back to the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan was so sad for me and Fu­rat. He was cry­ing for our de­par­ture be­cause all of us loved him and he loved us. Fu­rat said that he has been work­ing in this po­si­tion for six years and he had not met any lik­able group like us who he liked so much.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iraq

© PressReader. All rights reserved.